Re: [patch 1/4] x86, apic: Only use default_wait_for_init_deassert

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Thu Feb 06 2014 - 17:52:52 EST

On Thu, 6 Feb 2014, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 02/06/2014 02:31 PM, David Rientjes wrote:
> >
> > How do we usually do that? Do we add a big fat warning for anyone who is
> > using it for a few releases or just yank support out entirely and see if
> > we're surprised?
> >
> We don't really *have* a good way of deprecation, this is the problem.
> Usually it doesn't happen until we find out that a bug snuck its way in
> and "X hasn't worked for N releases now, and noone has noticed."
> Voyager was finally killed off because the maintainer of the port was
> unwilling to keep up with the mainstream kernel flux. The i386 explicit
> deprecation was definitely one of the more high-profile removals of a
> largely working port, and was a (brief) Kernel Summit topic.
> I would love to see NumaQ, VisWS, Summit and ES7000 just nuked. In
> fact, I'm thinking that unless someone steps up and explicitly claims
> ownership of those platforms by adding their name to MAINTAINERS (or
> reiterating them in the case of VisWS, which MAINTAINERS entry says "for
> 2.6") we should just rip them all out.
> Anyone who wants to disagree?

Anyone who disagrees is automatically appointed to fill in the vacancy
in that section of the maintainers file:

M: vacant@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
S: reanimation


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